Thanks to Slater Gordon for these interesting statistics. There is an alarming number of people who attend A&E each year because of DIY related incidents. 220,000 to be exact. Some of the top causes are knives, scalpels, saws, grinders, hammers, chisels and screwdrivers. It’s no wonder I’m not allowed within ten feet of my partner’s chain saw!
As Spring gradually starts to show signs of blossoming, people are beginning to come out of hibernation. As the weather warms up, now is an ideal time to undertake those DIY projects that have been niggling away at you during the winter months.
Tired of waiting for their men to ever start the job (they don’t need reminding every six months!), more women than ever are tooling up and cracking on with their own home improvements. Following the popularity of home makeover shows, women are feeling more and more confident in their abilities to get the job done. You can kiss goodbye to Bob The Builder. Brenda The Builder is where it’s at.
DIY is great exercise (cancel the gym membership!), it brings with it a sense of achievement, it’s less expensive than hiring a professional and can be downright satisfying. Unlike our male counterparts, we tend to finish the jobs that we start.
DIY does not come without risks. Tools can be really dangerous! Over 220,000 people end up in hospital each year due to DIY related accidents.
I very much enjoy a spot of DIY. A couple of my projects last year included a bench and a climbing frame for my goats made from pallets. I’ve learnt an alarming amount of DIY related dangers that I had no idea of whilst writing this post. Who knew plaster might contain asbestos?? Also, the amount of MDF I’ve sawn in the last couple of years is alarming!!!
Follow these simple guidelines and keep yourself safe:
- ✨ Begin with a clean, organised working area
- 💉 Be sure to have a well-stocked first aid kit before you start. Think back to your Girl Guide days. Be prepared!
- ⏲️ Plan your project. Don’t try and hurry. Be aware of your limitations and don’t be shy about consulting a professional should you need advice
- 👷🏼 Wear suitable/protective clothing. Don’t wear loose clothing or jewellery as it can get caught in machinery. Sometimes gloves, goggles and a dusk mask is required
- 🔪 When using sharp tools, knives for example, cut away from your body
- 🎨 Ventilation. When painting/varnishing, remember to open the windows and doors, wearing a mask is also a good idea. The fumes are often toxic
When I began my plight into DIY I had a mentor. I had no idea what I was doing so it was great to have someone to show me the most effective way to use the tools I was using and about the safety aspect of them. Also, I find I cannot work with my other half without wanting to rip his head off, which is frustrating because he’s an extremely highly qualified builder and extremely knowledgeable, so I have to borrow a friend’s husband. I wonder what my DIY upcycling projects will be this year.
Remember Slater Gordon for any personal injury claims.